Trademark: East German pedestrian crossings.


Small (15.4" x 23.2")


Joined February 2011

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Sizing Information

Small 15.4" x 23.2"
Medium 22.0" x 33.1"
Large 31.1" x 46.9"
Note: Includes a 3/16" white border


  • Hang your posters in dorms, bedrooms, offices, studios, or anywhere blank walls aren't welcome
  • Printed on 185 gsm semi gloss poster paper
  • Custom cut - refer to size chart for finished measurements
  • 0.19 inch / 0.5 cm white border to assist in framing

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Artist's Description

“The hat could be a problem. The hat is the embodiment of capitalism, and that’s why Karl Peglau was somewhat anxious when he made his recommendation before East Berlin’s traffic commission on Oct. 13, 1961. Peglau, then 34 and the leading traffic psychologist in communist East Germany, was carrying his vision for a new pedestrian crossing signal in his bag. It was two men in red and green, and both wore hats.
But to Peglau’s surprise, the hats passed under the critical gaze of research councils and traffic officials without arousing complaint. In fact, the only thing they changed was the direction in which the figures were walking, switching them from right to left. Peglau’s concern that the hats would be rejected as petty bourgeois was “luckily not necessary,” he later remembered.
The hat became the trademark of East German pedestrian crossings. It made them unique. Nowhere else in the world had traffic figures ever worn hats. The German Democratic Republic (GDR), at least when it came to this, was in the lead. But the defining accessory of the traffic light man didn’t actually originate with Peglau, but with his secretary, Anneliese Wegner."

“Men in Hats: East Germany’s Cult Pedestrian Signal Turns 50.” SPIEGEL ONLINE. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Aug. 2013. <

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